Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Keto Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe {Low Carb}

This is seriously one of the favorite recipes in my house. 
My sister has even begged me to make it for her :)!

Listen, I am all about one pot recipes...or one wok in this case.
I'm over hear cracking myself up with my one wok joke!
I hate when recipes use multiple pans
and then I end up with a serious sink full of dirty dishes.
And even with a slightly lame chore chart
made of post it notes on the fridge,
it always seems like it is my husband and me who are doing
the dishes...again!! 
I digress! Let me get back to the fact that I am all about using 
one pot to make a meal so that I have less to wash.

This happens to be a family favorite.
I've made this meal for years, but recently
I've learned to not be afraid of fats any more! 
I lost a lot of weight by eating high protein, low carb, low fat.
But I couldn't sustain that.  And every time I added in more carbs,
I'd get puffy, the numbers on the scale would creep up, 
and I felt super crappy!
What was a girl to do...cause seriously, you can't add in fat!
I'm a nurse for crying out loud, I'd learned in school 
all the dangers of eating fats!
Thanks to a friend who helped me learn 
all about healthy fats.
And guess what, I've actually lost more since adding in fats!! 
Its kind of awesome.

If you are looking for my low fat version you can find it here!
And i'm not gonna lie,
I've gotten even lazier as a cook since writing that recipe!

I need things to be easier, quicker!
Being a working mom, having teenagers, running a business, and teaching jazzercise classes, I swear sometimes I don't have time to even breath!
Okay, serious over exaggeration there.
But truly, this keto version you will see
I'm using things like dried minced garlic,
I just bought the kind from Costco
or you can use McCormick's. 
Here's where I should put the emoji 
of the girl smacking her forehead!!

Since you don't really care about any of that
and really just came to 
Chubby for too long
to get this recipe...let me get to it!

Can I add one more thing...I make such a gigantic batch
not because I have a million children or anything
but because it is awesome as leftovers! I think even better!
I always make it on a night before I work so that I can 
have yummy leftovers while working my 12 hour shift!
Gotta have a good lunch when you work those kind of hours!!

Keto Chicken Lettuce Wraps
makes 8 servings, two lettuce cups, well filled or 4 small 
216 calories/15g fat/5 carbs (4 net)/16 protein

2 Tbs oil, coconut/vegetable/your choice
1 1/2 lbs of ground chicken
1 bell pepper, any color, diced
1 tsp minced dried garlic
1 tbsp Chinese Five Spice
1 tbsp ginger (less if you don't love ginger)
8 scallions, chopped
1 8 oz. can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1/4-1/2 liquid amino (You can substitute with soy sauce. I chose this because liquid amino has less carbs than soy sauce and on keto I pay close attention to my carbs)
2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
1 head iceberg lettuce
hoisin sauce to garnish

1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in wok 

2. Add chopped peppers and garlic and cook until slightly tender
about 3-4 minutes
3. Add 1 tbsp of Chinese 5 Spice and ginger, coat vegetables with spices.
4. Add ground chicken, break up chicken with wooden spoon and cook until chicken is cooked thoroughly.

5. Add scallions, water chestnuts, and liquid amino. Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes. Start with the 1/4 c of liquid amino and add more as desired.
6. Add 2 Tbsp sesame oil and stir. Do not add this until the last minute because the heat evaporates the oil and you lose some of the goodness. Maybe that's an old wives tale, or maybe I'm spreading lies...I don't think so though. I promise, it makes it so much better! Sesame oil is like liquid crack!! 

7. Place a large spoonful of chicken into a lettuce leaf and top with a dollop of hoisin sauce. (There are a fair amount of carbs in hoisin sauce, so I leave it off, but my family piles it on!)

Hope you enjoy it!!
I almost forgot the most important part...the nutrition facts!
This is calculated from myfitnesspal!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Healthy December Challenge {FREE PRINTABLE}

Let's just call out the elephant in the room...


and I'm issuing a December challenge.
I'm always slightly behind...better late than never right!

I really don't want to spend December undoing 
all my healthy goals, but I don't want to miss out on some of 
my favorite traditional treats of the season.

I think that these goals need to be so personal
to our specific needs and challenges.

Sugar is a serious struggle...I'm truly addicted.
So I need to be careful about the amount of sugar 
that I allow into my diet during this holiday season. 

One goal I know I will make is to exercise 5 days a week!

I decided to make another "sticker chart" 
to help us track whatever goal we decide to make. 
I made one that is very Christmas themed 
and one that is more winter themed!

Follow me on Facebook and join me in living 
a more healthy life this December!

Link to download from my google drive:

Thursday, November 2, 2017

No Sugar Challenge until Thanksgiving!

Do you want to join me 
for a no sugar challenge starting now
until Thanksgiving Day?

Here is a "sticker chart"
where you can track your progress!

Here is a link to download it from google drive!


Here's to not gaining the holiday pounds!!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Twofer Thursday - Two Protein Shake Recipes!!

Have you heard of twofer tuesday...
well I'm declaring today twofer thursday :)!

I have two Protein Shake Recipes for You!

First one!

Did you ever go to Jamba Juice
when they had a smoothie called
Peanut Butter Mood!
It was a family favorite.
They stopped making it so we had to figure it out at home!
This is my kids
after school snack! 

I love my Blendtec
because it makes whipping up Protein Shakes a total cinch!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Shake
1 cup milk
2-4 TBS Peanut Butter 
(less calories use the 2 TBS, but if you want a more
peanut buttery flavor go with the 4)
1/3 of a banana (we keep a bunch in the freezer)
1 Scoop Vanilla or chocolate protein powder
1 TBS Cocoa powder (if using vanilla protein)
2 tsp stevia
handful of ice

Throw all of it in the blender and blend!
Add more ice for thicker shake!

One more recipe. 
This is what I make for me!
If you are following the Dukan Diet
this is perfect on a protein only day.

It is similar to a chocolate frosty,
only better for you!

Chocolate Protein Shake
1 cup fat free milk
1 scoop protein powder
1 TBS cocoa powder
1-2 tsp stevia
handful of ice

Place all ingredients in the blender 
and blend!

Do you want to know my dirty little secret!

I make my kids the above
Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Shake.
I don't wash the blender jar.
I just make my 
Chocolate Protein Shake
in that same jar.
There is just enough peanut butter
on the sides
that I get a hint of peanut butter
without the calories!

So sneaky, huh!!

I hope you enjoy!

You might also like this

i will
i am strong
i can take time for me, that is okay
i am beautiful, inside and out
i CAN find time to eat a healthy balanced diet
i am not less of a person if my house is messy
i can do anything i put my mind to

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Healthy, yet Super Yummy, Shepherd's Pie Recipe!

Did you grow up on 
Shepherd's Pie?
We actually called it hamburger pie in our house.

I remember as a kid,
we had to eat what my mom served for dinner.
I hated the meat portion of hamburger pie.
I would only scoop out the mashed potatoes
onto my plate.
I didn't even want the juices of the meat sauce
to be touching my potatoes. 
That would totally taint them.

Luckily as I got older,
my tastes changed.
Amazingly, my kids have never had issues 
with hamburger pie and this is a favorite in our house.

My moms recipe was made with 
hamburger, canned tomato soup and french cut green beans.
When I started the Dukan Diet,
I wanted to change up the recipe so that I 
could eat it as well.
My family actually prefers the new recipe.

(Insert super duper ecstatic mama right here!!)

This is a very easy recipe,
kind of a throw together!

Shepherd's Pie Recipe
1 lb. ground turkey, cooked and crumbled
garlic salt to taste
1 28 oz can tomato puree or crushed tomatoes
(or 14 oz can of each)
1 14 oz can of french cut green beans
1 TBS McCormick's Pinch Perfect Italian Salt Free Seasoning
(if you can not find this, it is combination
of marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, sage, oregano, and basil)

Brown the turkey, add garlic salt to taste while cooking.
When fully cooked, add green beans, tomato, and seasoning.
Mix well, cook until warm.

Serve topped with mashed potatoes,
or eat alone. I leave off the potatoes and love it a ton.

Mashed Potatoes-
(If you have a recipe you love, go for it...
this has no measurements,
we just keep adding things til we get the right flavor)

I use red potatoes, quarter or smaller
(I love red potatoes because I don't peel them,
I just mash the peels right in and my kids love it.
Adds extra fiber)
cream cheese
garlic salt

Boil the potatoes until fork tender. 
Because I cut them pretty small, they usually 
cook in about 25 minutes.
I used about 15 small red potatoes,
1 cube of butter,
8 oz cream cheese,
Milk (I add about 2 TBS at a time so it doesn't get too thin,
my family likes their potatoes chunky)
and garlic salt and pepper to taste.

I actually double this recipe.
I have a large family and we also love this as leftovers.

Here are my cubed potatoes getting ready to be potatoes.

Because I double this recipe, I use one 28 oz can of 
crushed tomatoes and one of tomato puree.
I really like the combination of both!

People ask me if they can substitute 
fresh green beans instead of canned.
but I use canned because the french style 
kind of melts into the sauce
and my kids are totally willing to eat them.
But do what you prefer.

This is the seasoning.
It is great.
I am sure there other Italian seasonings
that would work great as well.

 I love any recipe that I can make in one pan.
I just use my big wok/extra large fry pan
cook my meat and then add the rest. 
Seriously easy! 

My mom would always put the potatoes
in a ring around the outside of an oval pan.
Then she would fill the inside with the meat.
She would then bake it at 350 degrees
for about 20-25 minutes.
When I was a newlywed,
we even topped the potatoes with 
shredded cheese before we would bake them.
That did bad things to our waistlines.
Now, I leave them separate.
(I can't believe I am showing you my messy
stovetop and counter ;) )
My family can then take the ratio
of potatoes to meat that they would like.

I hope you enjoy this 
super yummy
easy to make dinner!

i will
i am strong
i can take time for me, that is okay
i am beautiful, inside and out
i CAN find time to eat a healthy balanced diet
i am not less of a person if my house is messy
i can do anything i put my mind to

Friday, January 15, 2016

Follow Me Friday - It's Not All About the Weight!

My first official Follow Me Friday of 2016.
I have worked so hard this week,
no cheating,
getting in some really good workouts,
and drinking all my water.

If you remember last week I was 154.8 lbs.
This week,
people have made comments of how they can see my body shrinking.
I have been able to see it in the mirror.
I was so excited to get on the scale.
I knew it would be good.

I was absolutely disappointed
when I got on the scale 
and I had gained 1.4 lbs.
How could that be!
How was I going to share that on my blog!

Thank heavens that I had taken my measurements!

I quickly got out the measuring tape,
and checked my measurements,

I had lost an entire inch 
from my waist during the previous week and a half!

It isn't only about the weight! 
Please remember that! 
It is so easy to get discouraged when the scale
doesn't move!

From experience,
make sure that you are taking measurements!
You will be pleasantly surprised.

i will
i am strong
i can take time for me, that is okay
i am beautiful, inside and out
i CAN find time to eat a healthy balanced diet
i am not less of a person if my house is messy
i can do anything i put my mind to

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Creamy Tomatillo Dressing Recipe, aka Cafe Rio Dressing!

Today I am sharing a very easy recipe
that is a big hit with my family!
I know that the Cafe Rio/Creamy Tomatillo Dressing Recipe
is all over the internet.
I have changed it up just a touch so that 
I can eat it while on the Dukan Diet as well.

I don't want to be a short order cook
so I am always looking for family favorites,
and figuring out how I can tweak it
to follow my diet. 
This was a huge success!

This is completely Protein Veggie Day approved
for fellow Dukan Dieters!

So to start,
I throw a bunch of FROZEN chicken breasts
into my crockpot 
with a jar of salsa.
I use the Costco Kirkland brand Organic Salsa.
There really isn't any specific measurements.
Approximately though,
I put 5 breasts and a half a large jar of salsa.
I cook it on high for about 5 hours
until it is easily shreddable!
Can I just say this is so easy 
and can be used in so many different recipes!

I don't even take the chicken out of the crockpot.
I get two large serving forks
and shred away!
Piece o' Cake!

Most Cafe Rio/Creamy Tomatillo recipes
call for mayonnaise.
That isn't approved on my diet,
but fat free sour cream is.
The dressing is fantastic with the sour cream.
The recipe also calls for buttermilk.
I make my own.

First think I do is make my buttermilk.
Do this,
I put 1 cup of milk in a 
pyrex mixing cup and add 1 Tbsp of vinegar.

I let this sit for a few minutes
while I prep my tomatillos and cilantro.
It will kind of thicken,
but you have Dukan Diet approved buttermilk.

These are my tomatillos dehusked and cored.
I have a strong blender so I just dump them in whole.
A side note, when you peel of the husk,
the tomatillos are kind of sticky.
Rinse with warm water and it comes right off.

Creamy Tomatillo Recipe-

1 buttermilk ranch dressing packet
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup fat free sour cream
2 tomatillos, husk removed and decored
1-2 garlic cloves
juice of 1 lime
1/2 jalapeno (add seeds to reach desired heat)
1/2 bunch cilantro

Place all items in the blender
and blend until smooth.

I double the recipe and keep it in the fridge
for a week.
My family loves it that much and 
loves the leftovers!

In the end,
we have kind of a smorgasbord dinner.
It is buffet style and everyone can do their own thing.

I have out, buffet style:
 shredded chicken, black beans, shredded cheese,
lime rice, chopped jicama, diced tomatoes,
cilantro, the dressing, 
and corn and flour tortilla's.

My family can choose salad,
burrito's or tacos. 
And everyone is happy.

Hope you enjoy!

i will
i am strong
i can take time for me, that is okay
i am beautiful, inside and out
i CAN find time to eat a healthy balanced diet
i am not less of a person if my house is messy
i can do anything i put my mind to